Mar 19 2015

DIY Ideas: What To Do When You Screw Up – Men’s Edition

Unfortunately, it isn’t always the guy who is begging for forgiveness.  We make mistakes too! If you think this screw-up needs a little more than “I’m sorry,” we want to help! We’ve picked some of our “For Him” favorites that will end this fight for good!

DIY BBQ Rub

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We have a griller on our hands! If your man loves to barbecue, this is a totally creative way to apologize! He definitely won’t turn down the opportunity to throw a steak on the grill for a date-night dinner for two!

Via Make Something Mondays

DIY Sausage Heart Recipe

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Yum! Who says no to fresh breakfast in bed?! Get cooking, and say “sorry” with a delicious and cute way to start his day!

Via Ezzly

365 Reasons Why I Love You

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Let him know how lucky you feel to have him every single day! Super sweet way to apologize and make it clear the reasons you love him are endless!

Via Small Town Sister

Sticky Note Hearts 

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Nothing beats early morning smiles! Say “I’m sorry” with a mirror full of sweet messages written on sticky notes! Post them in the shape of a heart, and you have the perfect apology to start his day right!

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Whisky Praline Pecans

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This is a totally creative and tasty apology! He will love that you took the time to make him AND his taste buds happy! What part of a yummy treat doesn’t say “oops, my bad..you’re right” ?!

Via Cooking Cowgirl

DIY Alcohol and Cigar Bouquet

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The tables are turned! Switch out the flowers for an awesome not-so-typical alcohol and cigar bouquet! This apology says “so sorry, today is all about you!”

Via Domestic Ingenuity

May the gifts be with you! Happy apologies!

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Mar 17 2015

St. Patrick’s Day Hostess Gift Ideas

Today’s the day! St. Patrick’s Day parties are starting tonight and we found some awesome green hostess gifts! These say a big, green “thanks for having me!”

Green Jello Shots

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These jello shots are a such a fun hostess gift that everyone can enjoy! The green twist for the occasion will be a total crowd-pleaser!

Via Open Source Food

Easy Chocolate Pretzel Bites

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Hostess gift and snacks for all! Chocolate pretzel bites are the perfect balance of salty and sweet and the green looks great!

Via lovefromtheoven

DIY Irish Cream

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This homemade Irish cream is so creative! We love the mason jar and decorations – perfect for the Irish hostess!

Via Style Me Pretty

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Yum! These mint chocolate chip cookies look totally delicious! What hostess wouldn’t love some green cookies?!

Via The Food Charlatan

Ombre Veggie Tray

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Have a healthy hostess on your hands! In honor of our healthy gifting theme, this green veggie tray is such a fun gift! Add some dips on the side to make it extra yummy!

Via Honest to Nod

Happy green gifting!

 

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Mar 7 2015

DIY Ideas: For When You Think You Screwed Up – Women’s Edition

Everyone screws up. We totally get it and want to help you with the perfect apology! We’ve picked out some sentimental and personalized gift ideas that are the ultimate way to say “I’m sorry.” These DIY gifts are super easy to make, and we know it will be your best apology yet!

Photo Balloons: Romantic Apology

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These personalized photo balloons are a totally romantic way to apologize! Just buy some balloons and attach each one with a picture of a few of your favorite memories. If you think your “oops, sorry” needs a little bit more, write a cute note on the back of each picture!

Via Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line

52 Reasons I Love You Deck of Cards: Sweet Apology

This deck of cards isn’t to win a game of poker, but they are an adorable way to win her over. We know you have 52 reasons you love her! Write each one on a card, and put them together like a small booklet for a nice and sweet “I’m sorry.”

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“Open When…” Letters: “In it For The Long Haul” Apology

This apology says, “I’m in it for the long haul.” Write 5-10 letters that each have “Open when…[your choice]” on the envelope. Inside, each letter has a sweet and comforting note. This way, it isn’t a one-time gift.  This one will last!

TGI Ideas: “Open when….you’re having a bad day…you’re stressed….you’re happy for no reason….you’re exhausted.” These are only a few ideas, and we know you’ll come up with many more!

Via Up To No Good

Date Night Basket: “I Truly Care” Apology

You know this needs to be fixed right now. Fill a box (neatly) with a few romantic items and include a note with an apology. This is an “I’m sorry” that shows you truly care!

TGI’s Perfect Date Night Box: A bottle of wine, a box of dark chocolate, any chick flick or drama and..if it’s really bad, a rose would be nice too!

Via Card Store

All About You Basket: “I Didn’t Mean To Be Selfish” Apology

This basket says a selfless “I’m sorry.” Fill it with small items where you can write a matching complement using a play on words. For example, a flashlight with a note that says “you light up my life” is perfect to show her how much she means to you. Another one of our favorites is “You’re my sweetheart” attached to a bag of candy Sweetarts (Sweet Tarts). This will make her laugh and lighten up the mood!

Via The Dating Divas

With these gifts, we guarantee you will be forgiven in no time! However, we aren’t positive this will work the second time around! Happy gifting!

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Mar 5 2015

Step-by-step Guide for Writing the Perfect “Thank You” Note

Before anything else, the number one rule when writing a proper “Thank You” note is it must always be handwritten.  The shows personalized and effort at first glance.  Once you have this down, you are ready to get started!

Dear [insert name],

1. Thank you so much for the [specific name of gift], it was extremely… generous, kind of you, thoughtful, etc. – make them feel good!
2. It is perfect because……I love jewelry; it is my favorite color – tell them why it was a great gift for you!
3. Get a little more specific…Why is it a great gift? How are you going to use it?…It looks awesome with my other bracelets; it is going to look perfect in my bedroom!
4. Add a little something extra…If they came for an event, say how much you appreciate their attendance. If they sent the gift in the mail, tell them how kind it is of them to put in the extra effort!
5. Always end with some type of appreciation…“You are an amazing friend” “I’m so happy we got to spend some time together” “Miss you and hope to see you soon!”

Best,
[Your name]

Check out some of our favorite Thank You Notes to stock up on.

*TGI Extra Tip: If you are receiving a number of gifts for a special occasion, ALWAYS keep a list when unwrapping! It is never fun to guess who a gift came from. Happy writing!

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Feb 19 2015

Pinterest Finds: DIY Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Health Nut

It seems like everyone is on a health kick these days! It can be tough finding a gift for someone that might not be thrilled with a box of cupcakes.  We have a solution! The person that says “no thanks” to cake and cookies would love a healthy gift with a personal touch! We’ve picked out some DIY gifts that are all about a healthy body and mind – Think fit, relaxed and YUM!

Women’s Fitness Basket

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This Women’s Fitness basket is so cute! Perfect for the friend that’s all about the work-out life or someone trying to stick to a healthy living New Year’s resolution!

Via Pinterest

Protein Basket

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Know a body builder that loves his protein? This is the perfect Macho-Man gift for any guy looking to get in shape or is already well on his way!

Via Woahsammay

Luxurious Body Butter

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This DIY 3-ingredient body butter is an awesome gift for any woman! No chemical products are perfect for healthy living and super soft skin!

Via Hens and Honey

Homemade Fruit and Honey Granola

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This Homemade Fruit and Honey Granola sounds totally delicious! Great healthy gift for any occasion!

Via Simplify, Live, Love

Homemade Low Calorie Chai Spiced Granola

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Love the homemade granola idea but have a friend who isn’t a honey-lover or is trying to keep it low-cal? This Chai Spiced Low Calorie Granola will totally hit the spot!

Via PopSugar

OR….if this person loves all granola at any place and anytime, make both recipes in mason jars and put them in a cute basket with some ribbon.  Now, you have double the yummy-crunch!

Sore Muscle Soak Home Remedy

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This is an awesome gift for the fitness-junkie in your life! It is totally easy to make and will make this person very grateful after a long day in the weight-room!

 Via Confessions of An Overworked Mom

Lavender Soak

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Mmmm who doesn’t love lavender? This DIY Lavender Soak is the key to a yogi’s happiness – nothing better than relaxation and aromas that will put you right to sleep!

Via Savy Naturalista

For more healthy living gift ideas, check out our Healthy Gifting board on Pinterest!

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Feb 16 2015

The Gift Insider Weds: Some of Our Favorite Engagement Gifts

We totally acknowledge how hard it must be to shop for a gift-giving expert, that’s why we were so touched by all the sweet and thoughtful engagement gifts we got this year.  Here’s a roundup of just a few of our favorites.

A Mini Painted Canvas and an Initial Ring Dish  

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Feyonce Tank 

Beyonce Tank Engagement Gift

Mr and Mrs Luggage Tags, Wedding Planning Books and a Framed Photo of our Engagement Picture

Mr and Mrs Engagement Gift Ideas

A DIY Box of Bottles for Every”First” 

DIY Engagement Gift Ideas

Year Established Schey Family Plaque

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Mr and Mrs Schey Stemless Wine Glasses

Engagement Gift Plaque

Days Until We Become Mr and Mrs Schey Door Hanger

Creative Engagement Gift Ideas

L+J Wooden Cheese Board

Personalized Engagement Gift Idea

LoveBirds Handmade by Grandma Gift Insider <3

Handmade Engagement Gift Idea

Yes, Dear Pillow + Kate Spade Mr and Mrs Frame

Engagement Gift Pillow Picture Frame

Kate Spade Polka Dot Vase

Mr and Mrs Frame Engagement Gift

These are just a few of our favorites.  Browse our engagement gift section for other ideas and deals on engagement gifts.

What were some of your favorite gifts you’ve given or received for engagement gifts?

 

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Feb 11 2015

Try These Reusable Oil Candles for Valentine’s Day Romance

We’re big fans of giving candles as gifts, it’s a luxe treat everyone loves to have around the house, but people don’t always buy for themselves.  The only thing we aren’t fans of is when those fancy, beautiful and fabulously scented candles run out.  Enter, a great alternative, Firefly reusable oil candles.

We played around in the office for Valentine’s Day and love the chic look, especially with some Valentine’s Day flare.

Tips for Valentine’s Day:

-  Surprise your sweetie with a room full of tea lights in the shape of a heart

-  Fill their Hurricane Votive with conversation hearts, rose petals or their V-day treat of choice

Insider Deal: 20% Off Coupon Code on the site for the next few days

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Feb 9 2015

DIY Ideas to Try: Make a DIY Cuddle Kit for 2

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, need a sweetie DIY Gift Idea to give your sweetie? Try a DIY Cuddle Kit for 2.

What you need:

- Basket

- Cozy Blanket

- Chocolate Shop Wine (30% Off on TGI)

- Romantic Comedy

- Cuddly stuffed animal

- Godiva Chocolate

- Popcorn or movie night snacks

- A romantic playlist, video, or something sentimental

- Red bow

- Gift Tag

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Feb 8 2015

10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Detroit Lovers

It’s almost the day that is dedicated solely to you and your main squeeze.  Luckily, February 14th falls on a Saturday this year, so you have a whole weekend to fill with romance.  To help all of you Detroiters who are a little lost in the world of romantic gifting, we partnered up with our friends at Daily Detroit to round up some detroit-centric Valentine’s Day ideas. We have ideas for romantic Detroit date nights, local events to attend and some out-of-the box Detroit made products that we are sure will make your sweeties swoon.

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1. Sign you and your Valentine up for the hilarious, memorable and charitable Cupid Undie Run on February 14th.  What’s more romantic than running half naked through the streets of Detroit?

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2. Not interested in toughing it out for the Undie Run?  Pick out some lingerie at Detroit’s new Busted Bra Shop.

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3. Give a more meaningful piece of jewelry this year and give a one-of-kind piece by Rebel Nell, all made from repurposed Detroit graffiti and crafted by local Detroit women.

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4. Plan a Detroit game night crawl.  Head to Fowling Warehouse (think bowling mixed with football, mixed with horseshoe) then end the night at Punch Bowl Social for some Ping Pong, old-school arcades and maybe even a little karaoke.

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5. Tap into your artsy side and enroll you and your partner in a pottery class at Pewabic.  Try one of their BYOB Friday Night Out classes (there’s still openings for February 13th!).

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6. Don’t just surprise them with a new Shinola watch, surprise them with a trip to the Midtown Shinola Store and let them pick one out for themselves.

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7. Take them to the Detroit Zoo Gone Wild, it includes a strolling dinner, drinks and a revealing look into the mating rituals of your favorite zoo animals.

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8. Head to the VLNTNSDYMRKT to pick up some Pot & Box flowers, Petes Chocolates or cards from The Detroit Card Co.

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9.  There’s nothing more romantic than old school Detroit and some live Jazz at Cliff Bell’s. Enjoy the art-deco atmosphere with some smooth music, a bite to eat, and a cocktail.

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10. Valentine Vodka is an apt name for a vodka for this season! It’s high quality, too, and has a unique and tasty peppery finish. You can either grab a bottle as a gift, or maybe plan a night out at their fabulous tasting room in downtown Ferndale.

Don’t forget to check out Daily Detroit for some great pieces on what’s going on downtown!

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Feb 4 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Valentine’s Day Gift Picks

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day! We have some thoughtful and sweet ideas for your Valentines this year.

1. Make Your Own Romantic Tees from SunFrog Shirts

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This little t-shirt site started out as a couple college kids designing shirts for tourist companies & now there are over 36 million designs on SunFrogShirts.com. The beauty is that anyone can upload a tee shirt design & if your design sells, you make a commission. Here’s one of their big Valentine favorites & a sure way to score some major brownie points. “I love my wife” t-shirt, $24.99 or Hoodie, $39.99
15% off Coupon Code on TGI

2. Monthly Artisan Food Club by Mantry 

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Perfect for the man in your life.  Mantry is a food of the month club that helps you discover american artisan made food and what to do with it.  All american made, comes in a cool american made crate and the perfect gift for your foodie Valentine.
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3. Firefly Eco-Friendly Oil Candles 

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These Eco-Friendly Oil Candles last much longer than wax candles & are a green alternative to wax. For a romantic Valentine’s Day idea fill their Hurricane Votive with rose petals or arrange a grouping of tea lights for a romantic surprise.  Available in Tea light, votive, pillars & custom designs.
20% off Coupon Code on TGI 

4. Godiva Chocolate Cigars For Him, Keepsake Heart Box For Her
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If you’re going to give chocolate, give Godiva.  Try these unique chocolate covered cigars For Him or their new limited edition heart-shaped chocolate keepsake box For Her.  The boxes are beautiful to use as save boxes after you finish off all that chocolate.
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5. Monogramed Rose Colored Handbags by Gigi New York

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Gigi New York is one of our favorite leather companies as all of their pieces can be personalized.  It makes the substance and practicality of giving a nice leather bag much more meaningful. We’re loving their new spring Rose Color for Valentine’s Day.  Try their everyday clutch or tote.
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6. A DIY Cuddle Kit w/ Chocolate Shop Wine 

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A DIY Cuddle Kit is a sweet way to give an “experience” but also a physical gift.  Purchase a nice basket, a cozy blanket, wine (we love Chocolate Shop Wine for Valentine’s Day), a DVD, romantic playlist or a few games and you have a sweet gift and romantic date night coupled into one.
30% Off Coupon Code for Chocolate Shop Wine on TGI

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